Building record 0524500000 - TEMPLE OF VENUS

Summary

Eighteenth century garden temple known as the Temple of Venus, in West Wycombe Park.

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Map

Type and Period (1)

  • GARDEN TEMPLE (Rebuilt 1982, 18th Century - 1700 AD to 1799 AD)

Description

DISAPPEARED DURING LATE C18/C19. REBUILT IN 1982 ON ORIGINAL MOUND. BASE OF MOUND ON N SIDE LOW SCREEN OF BRICK, FACED WITH FLINT (FLINTWORK RECENTLY RENEWED) WITH NICHES & CURVED CENTRAL OPENING SAID TO REPRESENT VENUS'S VAGINA. LEADS TO SMALL CHAMBER POSSIBLY ENTRANCE TO ICE HOUSE (B1).
Short article on the symolism of the original siting of the temples of Venus and of Daphne at West Wycombe Park (B2).

Sources (2)

  • <1>SBC3387 Verbal communication: DASHWOOD SIR FRANCIS TO PIKE A R & PIKE A R JULY 1983 FIELD VISIT.
  • <2>SBC22755 Article in serial: Richard Wheeler. 2005. 'Lost and Found: Statues and Goddesses at West Wycombe', in The Bucks Gardener, Autumn 2005 pp3-4. Issue 22.

Location

Grid reference SU 83032 94551 (point) (Exact)
Civil Parish HIGH WYCOMBE, Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

Finds (0)

Related Monuments/Buildings (2)

Related Events/Activities (1)

  • Event - Survey: (EBC13505)

Record last edited

Feb 16 2012 1:52PM

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